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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Theater: The Personal Is Political in {my lingerie play}

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The need for “safe spaces” has been written about endlessly in the press. Some espouse the belief that people, especially disenfranchised minorities, need and deserve places where they can share … Continue reading


Interview: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Paula Is Serving Up Sweet Revenge and Cathartic Rage

Originally published on Vanity Fair Hollywood View this story online Star Donna Lynne Champlin talks Paula’s groundbreaking past—especially that abortion arc—and what’s coming next in Season 3. When Donna Lynne Champlin sat down for lunch with the writers of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend prior to filming … Continue reading


Published: Yearning for Neverland in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online   The program notes state that Ruhl wrote For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday as a gift to her mother, Katherine, who played Peter Pan as a teenager in Davenport, Iowa. The … Continue reading


Published: A Clockwork Orange Bulges With Muscles and Ideas

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online No matter where the audience looks during A Clockwork Orange, male muscles are visible–flexing, tensing, and bulging. The current off-Broadway production of the late Anthony Burgess’ stage adaptation of his dystopian … Continue reading


Published: It Girl: Introducing Sophia Lillis, Heart and Soul of the Losers’ Club

Originally published on Vanity Fair Hollywood View this story online Facing puberty is bad enough—but try doing that while also juggling an absent mother, a disturbing father, and an amorphous, shape-shifting evil spirit that’s terrorizing your town. None of this … Continue reading


Published: Seeing Yourself Onstage: The Heidi Chronicles

  I often go to the theater to escape my life. Not that my life is horrible, but who doesn’t need a break now and then from their everyday problems, jobs, or relationships? Plays and musicals offer a glimpse into … Continue reading


Published: Why the Play Wit Made Me Cry So Hard

Originally published on Show-Score.com View this post online I didn’t cry a lot when I was sick. I was too busy, stressed, and scared to allow myself to break down in tears. It was almost five years later, when I … Continue reading


Published: It’s OK to Not Be Facebook Friends With Your S.O.

Originally published on Glamour.com View this story online Miranda and her boyfriend, Daniel,* have been together for almost two years. They’ve traveled around the country, spent holidays together, and seen each other through family and health crises. They’re even moving … Continue reading